Facing Ouster, William and Mary's President Makes Dramatic Exit

Gene R. Nichol ended his controversial stint as president of the College of William and Mary by announcing his immediate resignation on Tuesday. He did not go quietly.

In a remarkably blunt letter sent campuswide and to alumni, Mr. Nichol said he was forced out for decisions made in defense of free speech and diversity.

He cited several such actions during his two-and-a-half years at the public college in